What makes Mandala unique is the support we offer to both parent and child. We take very seriously our commitment to give all children the opportunity to be successful. Our program has many extras that help children to learn and interact confidently. We also offer resources to help parents with the task of parenting.
PARENT COACHING & COUNSELING
We have a licensed clinical social worker on staff to assist parents with questions about discipline and child behavior and to consult with teachers. For more information, view the Family & Child Services page.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY CONSULTATION
We are also fortunate to have a pediatric occupational therapist on staff as a consultant. She is available to meet with parents on a fee-for-service basis and she can meet with children individually. For more information, view the Occupational Therapist page.
RESOURCES & REFERRAL
Our social worker has a wide network of resources that offer additional help to children and she assists families in connecting to these services.
Throughout the year, we offer parenting workshops for parents. These workshops are available to our parents free of charge and are usually one and a half hours long. Child care is always available on-site for a small fee.
Parents receive a monthly school newsletter with general school and classroom information. Parents also receive periodic Family Services Newsletters from our Licensed Clinical Social Worker on topics related to parenting and children’s behavior. To see archived parenting newsletters, view our Parenting Articles page.
We have an extensive library of parenting books and resources in the office, available on loan to parents.
“MOMMY TALK” DISCUSSION GROUP
Our social worker facilitates a parent support group during morning class time. This is an opportunity to meet with others and share the joys and challenges of parenting preschoolers. For more information, view the Enrichment Classes page.
LARGE MOTOR CLASSROOM
We have recently added a sensory-motor classroom that has equipment and activities that are helpful to all kids, but especially for children needing to use their whole body. This space is used by all our teachers and our OT.
SOCIAL SKILLS CLASSES
Some children come to Mandala needing a little extra help with what is called “social thinking” or making friend-connections. We now offer weekly “friendship classes” for children who will benefit from extra support in this area. For more information, view the Enrichment Classes page.
Many children are also challenged by “sensory sensitivities” or have a difficult time “calming their motors.” Our OT Consultant offers kid-friendly sensory motor classes that help children regulate their bodies and build important brain skills. For more information, view the Enrichment Classes page.
“TOOLS FOR SCHOOL”
Our teachers use many different “sensory helpers” in the classroom to assist children who have a strong need to move around and find it difficult to sit still. These “tools for school” (such as cube chairs, lap buddies, finger figits, walking the labyrinth, etc.) assist kids in making the best use of our learning environment at Mandala. (Download Tools for School PDF)
We have a labyrinth in our courtyard garden at Mandala. Labyrinths have been used for centuries as a walking meditation, for quieting the mind, and for stress reduction. Our teachers use the labyrinth as another resource for helping children learn to calm themselves and find peace.